Robin Williams's wish is Disney's command: Late actor refuses use of Genie voice recordings in Aladdin sequel

Published November 9th, 2015 - 11:50 GMT
Late actor Robin Williams refuses use of Genie voice recordings in his will. (TNH1)
Late actor Robin Williams refuses use of Genie voice recordings in his will. (TNH1)

Disney bosses won't find the same Genie if they were to rub Aladdin's lamp in the hopes of using him in a sequel to the 1992 animated classic. 

Turns out late Hollywood actor Robin Williams - who famously voiced the iconic character - stated in his will that producers can't use his “name, taped performances or voice recordings for 25 years after his death.”

The legendary comedian actor, memorable for his role as Mrs. Doubtfire, tragically committed suicide in 2014 aged 63, after a long struggle with depression, and unbeknowingly to him, Lewy body dementia.

News of Genie's fate was revealed by a former (unnamed) Disney producer to The Sunday Times.

“When he was on form, the hyperactive motormouth we love from Good Morning Vietnam and Mrs Doubtfire was making 30 jokes a minute,” he said. “Now, because he insisted on a final say on such material, [the jokes] will remain in the vaults.”

Williams's reasoning was reportedly to prevent his family from “incurring estate penalties due to his posthumous earnings,” according to the producer.

Unfortunately, directors Ron Clements and John Musker had their hearts set on "casting" Williams as the Genie once again.

“We were totally walking down the plank. If he said no, we were going to be in big trouble because the whole concept was built around Robin,” Musker said.

“There was nobody else who could be the Genie, and fortunately he agreed to do it. He had so much energy and so much passion.”

You can listen to some of Williams’ recording outtakes on the recent Blu-ray release of Aladdin, released 13 October.


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